Dr. Farhan Rana
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Farhan Rana, kit no.
83122/Ayub House joined Cadet
College Petaro in 1983 in 8th class and left the
college in 1988 after completing his Intermediate.
He was born on
3 March 1971. The family is now settled in USA.
Farhan was the intellectual of his class. All his teachers recognized his
great talents and he excelled in academics. He stood first in the entire
Hyderabad Board during the Intermediate examinations
and received the Gold Medal for this. The college rewarded
him by giving him the Stick of Honour.
He was also the Editor-in-Chief of The Cadet
Magazine in his last year at Petaro.
After leaving Petaro, Farhan got admission to Massachusetts Institute of
Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA. He did his Bachelors and Masters in Electrical
Engineering in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from MIT.
Farhan moved to Cornell University as Assistant Professor
soon after completing his Ph.D. in 2003. At present he is an Associate Professor in
the same university.
His publications and research are in the fields of
semiconductor optoelectronic devices, ultrafast
optical switches and modulators, ultrafast
semiconductor lasers, photonic nanotechnologies,
devices based on intersubband optical transitions,
and semiconductor quantum optics.
Farhan is the Principal Investigator of the
Semiconductor Optoelectronics Group at Cornell. His
group conducts research in diverse
areas related to semiconductor optoelectronic
devices, terahertz devices, optical and terahertz ultrafast spectroscopy, and the optical and
electronic properties of semiconductor
themes behind most of his research is the engineering of the properties of
electrons and photons in semiconductor micro and nano structures to realize novel devices, study
new science at small scales in both space (micro-
and nano-sized devices) and time (ultrafast
devices), and use novel physics to solve
engineering problems and tackle scientific
challenges in the development of new technologies.
He has published over 85 articles in reputable
journals in the field of optoelectronics.
He has received numerous awards for his work
including the following:
Projects Research Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty
Investigator Award (2008).
professor at LUMS-SSE, Pakistan (2007).
University's Michael A. Tien Excellence in
Teaching Award (2006).
Faculty Award (2005).
Foundation (NSF) Faculty Career Award (2004).
PAPER TITLE in 2008 for “Graphene
Terahertz Plasmon Oscillators,” F. Rana,
IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 7, 91
MRS BEST PAPER
(RIBBON) AWARD for “All-Optical
Switches Based on Intersubband Transitions in
GaN/AlGaN Multiple Quantum Wells for Tbit/sec
Operation,” J. Dawlaty, F. Rana, W. Schaff,
Presented at the MRS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA